Rasiglia e le sue sorgenti
“I find myself alone in this Alpine spot at the foot of a holy and glorious mountain, where a source with whispering waters arises among alive stones…”
Marco from Rasiglia, poet
Rasiglia is a little mountain village belonging to the Foligno municipality rising at above 600 metres of altitude, along the Sellano State Road 319, approximately 18 km from the Quintana Town.
The village, that maintains the typical characteristics of the medieval village with its amphitheatre structure, is especially famous for its sources: while you walk along the charming alleys of the centre it’s impossible not to remain enchanted by the watercourses that cross the township and make it unique as well as fascinating.
The source filling and crossing Rasiglia is Capovena: it is located in the high part of the village, at the foot of the palace occupied by the Trinci (lords of Foligno between 1305 and 1439) when they ruled the Foligno territory and crosses the village through rivulets and small waterfalls that get together into a big tank called “Peschiera”, and then flow into the river Menotre.
The other sources are:
• Alzabove, born below the mountain Carosale and used to fuel the aqueduct of the southern Umbrian Valley.
• Venarella, in front of the sports field of Rasiglia, used to fuel the aqueduct for Verchiano
• Le Vene, at Chieve.
• La Vena Pidocchiosa, at Pallailla.
• Le Vene di Campolungo, in the pit of Volperino.
The origins of Rasiglia can be traced back to the 12th century, as recorded in some ancient documents. Its location on the border between the territory of Sellano and the diocese of Spoleto meant that the Trinci family built here one of the defence structure in order to make sure and controllable its boundaries: thence the Castrum et Roccha Rasilia.
The Fortress of Rasiglia originally occupied all the summit of the hill with a rectangular trend, whereas currently tracts of the town walls and the ruins of a tower remain visible. A mill, a fulling mill, some houses in the village were property of the Trinci family who, by exploiting the precious presence of water, started those activities that for centuries guaranteed the survival of all the community (mills and factories) thanks to the hydropower coming from the river Menotre.
Nowadays the life of this splendid village still continues to be marked out by water, an element used in the weaving, the wool making and dyeing that is constantly re-proposed through a very ancient tradition, dating back to 1200.
In the surroundings it’s possible to visit the Ancient Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces and the Parc of Altolina, with a landscape rich in biodiversity: the Waterfalls of Menotre and the Caves of the Abbess, of carsic origin, with inspiring stalactites and stalagmites formations.
Furthermore, each year two important events takes place: the living crib in the Christmas time and “Penelope in Rasiglia”, in June, devoted to the ancient weaving trades.
Don’t miss out this highly irresistible spot far away in time, where the resounding murmur of waters accompanies each alley.
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